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OAH Lecturer Laurel Ulrich Speaks at CNU

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich speaks at CNU, September 2013OAH Distinguished Lecturer Laurel Thatcher Ulrich spoke on the topic, “Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History,” at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, in September.

Professor Ulrich, a former MacArthur Fellow, is the author of many articles and books on early American history, including A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 (1990), which won the Pulitzer Prize. (Photo courtesy Jesse Hutcheson, CNU Office of Communications and Public Relations.)

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Posted: October 10, 2013
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Acting Editor Chosen for New OAH Publication

William GillisOctober 7, 2013. Please join us in welcoming William Gillis as the acting editor for the new OAH membership publication currently in development. Gillis, who received his PhD from the Indiana University School of Journalism with a minor in American Studies, has worked as a freelance writer, editor, and reporter for more than a dozen years.

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Posted: October 8, 2013
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OAH Partners with Historic Hotels of America®

Explore the nation's past through memorable travel destinations! The OAH is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Historic Hotels of America® to offer our members access to the National Trust for Historic Preservation Member rate (a savings of 10% to 50% off the best available rates at participating hotels). Whether you are planning a weekend get away or a week-long research trip, log in to the OAH member portal to take advantage of this newest membership benefit!

Posted: October 3, 2013
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Contingent Historians Profiled in new OAH Report

The employment situation for contingent historians remains inadequate despite those scholars’ strong professional credentials and deep commitment to teaching, according to a new report prepared by the New York University adjunct professor of continuing and professional studies Edward Reiner and the market researcher Catherine Walton on behalf of the OAH. Read more >

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Posted: September 3, 2013
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OAH Responds to Recent Concerns of Academic Freedom

July 25, 2013. The Organization of American Historians has received a letter from Purdue University faculty members, many of whom are OAH members, regarding statements made by Purdue University President Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., during his term as Indiana governor about the use of Howard Zinn's history textbook (A People's History of the United States) in K-12 classes in Indiana, which he has recently defended and reiterated as Purdue University President. The OAH supports the academic and intellectual freedom of all faculty members, principles articulated in the letter from Purdue University colleagues. The OAH regards the current episode as a "teachable moment" when instructors in American history at every level have the opportunity to convey to our students how historians debate ideas and assess the merit of each others' written work. We invite members to contact us with their account of classroom exercises and discussion questions that they have used, or intend to use in class, to promote discussion of such issues. We promise to post as many of them as we can on our website to encourage open discussion.

Alan M. Kraut, OAH President and Katherine M. Finley, OAH Executive Director

Background Reading (last updated: Friday, August 2, 2013)

Posted: July 25, 2013
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OAH Nominating Board announces 2014 Slate of Candidates

The nominating board has announced the slate of candidates for the 2014 OAH election. In addition to voting for three candidates for executive board, OAH members will vote for candidate to the nominating board as well. Balloting begins in December. Read more >

Posted: May 28, 2013
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Actions of the OAH Executive Board, Spring 2013

The OAH Executive Board took action on items placed on its April agenda. These items included: approving a budget for fiscal year 2014; establishing criteria for endorsing amici curiae (“friend of the court”) filings; establishing a committee for the David Montgomery Book Prize in American labor and working-class history; modifying the membership dues structure; and other matters. Read more >

Posted: April 29, 2013
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2013 OAH Election Results

Please join the OAH in congratulating the following individuals elected to OAH offices in 2013-2014. OAH President, Alan M. Kraut, American University; OAH President-Elect, Patricia Nelson Limerick, University of Colorado at Boulder; and OAH Vice President, Jon Butler, Yale University.

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Posted: April 19, 2013
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OAH Releases 2012 Annual Report

The OAH is pleased to share with you its 2011-2012 OAH Annual Report. With reports from the president, executive director, executive editor, and treasurer, the annual report places at your fingertips a comprehensive view of the organization's programs and activities for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.

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Posted: January 17, 2013
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2013 OAH Annual Business Meeting

The 2013 OAH Business Meeting will be held immediately preceding the OAH Awards Ceremony and Presidential Address on Saturday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m. All OAH members are encouraged to attend and participate in the governance of the organization.

Read the Minutes from the 2013 OAH Business Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, April 13, 2013.

Posted: January 15, 2013
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The OAH Announces Sponsored Memberships

Do you have current students or recent graduates who could benefit from and would enjoy membership in the Organization of American Historians? If so, you can take advantage of the OAH’s new sponsored membership category for young scholars.

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Posted: January 15, 2013
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OAH Explores New Publication Possibilities

OAH President Al Camarillo provides an update on the fall 2012 OAH Executive Board meeting where a task force was formed to explore new publication possibilities in a digital age.

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Posted: December 13, 2012
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Actions of the OAH Executive Board, Fall 2012

The OAH Executive Board took action on items placed on its November agenda. These items included: creating a sponsored membership category for students and recent college graduates; establishing a Committee of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Historians and Histories; appointing a task force to explore new publication opportunities in the digital age; and approving appointments of individuals to OAH service and award committees

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Posted: December 11, 2012
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The 2013 OAH Election

Individual members are encouraged to vote in the 2013 OAH Election. As outlined in the OAH Constitution, the OAH Nominating Board prepares the annual slate of candidates. Biographies for this year's candidates are available online. The election closes February 1, 2013. Using your OAH ID number, cast your vote today!

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Posted: December 10, 2012
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OAH Announces Inaugural
Teaching Seminar in China

With generous funding from the Ford Foundation, the Organization of American Historians and the American History Research Association of China (AHRAC) are cosponsoring a teaching seminar in the People's Republic of China. Northeast Normal University in Changchun will host the inaugural seminar in June 2013. The OAH International Committee seeks applications from OAH members who are established scholars interested in leading an advanced seminar focusing on American social history. The November 2 deadline for applications is quickly approaching.

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Posted: October 19, 2012
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Let the OAH send you to Japan or Germany

In cooperation with the Japanese Association for American Studies and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the OAH sponsors scholars-in-residence programs in Japan and Germany. We encourage you to apply to teach and research abroad through these exciting programs.

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Posted: August 16, 2012
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OAH establishes exchange program with China

The August issue of OAH Outlook includes a story on an OAH delegation that recently traveled to China to forge a series of exchanges between the two nations. Delegates visited Shanghai, Beijing, and other cities and met with representatives of the American History Research Association of China (AHRAC) to shape a three-year scholar exchange program. The OAH and the AHRAC presented a proposal to the Ford Foundation which, we are pleased to learn, has just been funded.

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Posted: August 16, 2012
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The Nominating Board announces the 2013 OAH Slate of Candidates

The OAH Nominating Board has announced the slate of candidates for the 2013 OAH election. In addition to voting for three candidates for OAH Executive Board, OAH members will vote for candidates to the OAH Nominating Board. The election opens December 3, 2012 and closes February 1, 2013.

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Posted: June 11, 2012
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Action Items of the OAH Executive Board, Spring 2012

The OAH Executive Board took action on its April agenda items, including approving the organization's budget for fiscal year 2013, establishing new travel grants and a new book prize in labor history, as well as approving appointments to the OAH Magazine of History Editorial Board and forming a new committee on disability and disability history.

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Posted: May 21, 2012
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The OAH Releases 2011 Annual Report

The OAH is pleased to share with you its 2010-2011 OAH Annual Report. With reports from the president, executive director, executive editor, and treasurer, the annual report places at your fingertips a comprehensive view of the organization’s programs and activities for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.

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Posted: March 19, 2012
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